Pte. Charles Edward Woodward
1st/5th Battalion C. Company Lincolnshire Regiment
Service no: 1200
Killed in action on 30th September 1915 age 20 years.
Buried at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Parents: 1 of 5 children born to Parker and Mary Jane Woodward of ‘Rose Cottage’ Halton Fenside.
Prior to enlisting, the 1911 census shows Charles working as a plumber’s apprentice.
News of the death of Pte. Woodward was recorded in the Lincolnshire Chronicle, “he met his death whilst on duty in the trenches, the trench having been struck by shells and he was buried. He was recovered later, but only survived about an hour.”
The article in the Chronicle was at odds with a letter from Captain Scorer to Charles’s parents, in which he states “I have to inform you of the death of your son, Pte. C. Woodward, on the evening of 30th September. Our trenches were blown up by a German mine and about 60 yards destroyed. Your son was buried in the debris; we dug him out alive, and hoped he would recover, as from outward appearances he did not appear to be injured; but he died later from shock”.
Pte. Woodward was the first in the village to lose his life.